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Old 06-25-2011, 11:08 AM   #1
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Ridgelines CAN'T tow

Before I get all of you hating on me...I do Love my truck for general use. but towing......its not there. Sorry guys, its a thirsty dog.
I took my 16ft, deep V aluminum boat with 40horse, 2 kids, 2 adults inlcuding me and fsihing gear to Big Bear lake CA from Palm Springs. I think its about 80 miles each way. I went the back way through yucca, where its mostly flat and then one good hill climb for 18miles..
over 160 mile round trip I used 15 gallons. roughly 10.5 miles a gallon on a boat/trailer weighing maybe litle over 1000lbs? I dont know, I was hoping 14-16 with those long stretches of open road. I kept it at 60-65 and never pushed too hard.
thats just sad. Everything is fine. tires. oil, etc...
but the truck just can't tow. One word of advice for Honda trucks....Diesel
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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Re: Ridgelines CAN'T tow

It CAN'T tow? Because it used more gas than you'd like??? Being a little melodramatic, are we?

I've never towed, so I can't judge from experience. But I notice you didn't complain about power, comfort, or any of the rest. So it does sound as though you just want to start a fight.
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:49 AM   #3
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Re: Ridgelines CAN'T tow

Not starting a fight, and you never towed. Power is fine when not towing/hauling. thats it. Not going to sugar coat it or make up excuses to cover the fact its a dog.
I am complaining that it has such a bad gas milage for towing such a light load. I knew it was going to drop. but cutting the gas milage in half? 10mpgs? serious?
It is just pathetic. I can't Immagine towing a 3k-5k trailer. I will not be using RL to tow any more.
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:55 AM   #4
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Re: Ridgelines CAN'T tow

Did you use premium fuel? I get about the same mileage as you... towing my 23' 5000 lb boat/trailer with the boat's tower up.

Many threads about towing here on the ROC make it boil down to mostly an issue of wind resistance over weight (if you are on mainly level ground). You might want to check to see if you are also dragging an open parachute.

Seriously though, what kind of fuel were you using? What is your usual highway mileage on this route at this speed when not towing?
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:14 PM   #5
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Re: Ridgelines CAN'T tow

I was using regular (87 octane). if got 3 more mpgs out of premium maybe I can justfi the extra cost. I get high teens when not towing.
I know what your saying about wind resistance, I just cant get over the fact its such a light load.
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:23 PM   #6
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Re: Ridgelines CAN'T tow

I've got a boat of similar size, a 17' aluminum bass boat that I trailer pretty regularly. I usually get 13-15mpg while towing with me and a buddy and all our gear, mostly through the flat midwest. It's unfortunate and who knows what the actual cause could be but it sounds more like you are an exception and not the rule. Maybe try switching gas as others have suggested. I always use 87octane but tend to get it from the same place around the corner, not even sure what the brand is but I do know not all gasoline is created equal.
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Re: Ridgelines CAN'T tow

If only the truck had just 50 more ponies and about 60 more pound feet of torque, it could probably make a huge difference for these basic tow loads. I am pretty comfy when I say the truck is underpowered and it could use alot of extra oomph.
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If only the truck had just 50 more ponies and about 60 more pound feet of torque, it could probably make a huge difference for these basic tow loads. I am pretty comfy when I say the truck is underpowered and it could use alot of extra oomph.
and truck weight about 500 lbs lighter
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Re: Ridgelines CAN'T tow

Maybe if you weren't trying to tow 40 horses too
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I was using regular (87 octane). if got 3 more mpgs out of premium maybe I can justfi the extra cost. I get high teens when not towing.
I know what your saying about wind resistance, I just cant get over the fact its such a light load.
So use your Dodge Cummins. My good buddy has one too. We both can get 12-16 mpg running the same coarse towing the same load. I pay $3.50 a gallon, he pays $4.09 and we both get to our destination at the same time.
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